Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte wrote an open letter against a certain ‘Madame’ who’s a critic of the recent move of the Congress to lower the age of the lawbreaking liability in the Philippines.
In her open letter posted on Instagram with a photo included the text ‘Everyone Thinks their children don’t do bad things’, Inday Sara addressed ‘Madame’ who called the move of the Congress as ‘immoral, unscientific and ineffective.’
According to Inday Sara, the statement of ‘Madame’ is out of touch with reality, saying that the latter didn’t have any knowledge on how the young lawbreakers are giving headaches to the society.
She said that ‘Madame’ is comparing the Philippines to other developed countries.
The Davao City Mayor said that the said critic of the government might realize that her ideas are wrong if she experienced being locked into a room together with a teenage gang member.
“The Madame who said that lowering the age of criminal liability to 12 years old as immoral, unscientific and ineffective is clearly out of touch with reality. This person has not regularly read police reports, have not talked to social welfare workers or has worked on grassroots issues.” Inday Sara said.
“This Madame and her like-minded friends compare other well-developed countries to the Philippines as if the culture, the psyche, the circumstances are the same,” she added.
“What I would give to lock you in a room for one night with a 13-year-old Sukarap gang member, para makatilaw ka,”
Inday Sara included in her open letter the explanation on the proposal of the Congress, saying that the minor lawbreaker will not be labeled as ‘criminals’ but ‘children in conflict with law’.
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She also told the opposition not to fool themselves believing that all children are good people and they’re already capable of doing illegal activities.
“Eto pa, hindi sila criminal, they are children in conflict with the law. Eh dba its the same banana? Ladies and gentlemen, children are capable of commiting crimes. Put that in your head. Wag na sana kayo mag pretend na anghel ang mga bata, wala po tayo sa langit. If you do not want them in jail with adults put them in your child in conflict with the law age appropriate jail.” she said.
At the end of her open letter, Inday Sara who’s also known for her fight against lawbreaker said that there’s no excuse for anyone to commit illegal activities even if the one who did it is a child.
“The issues may be a complicated web of poverty, illiteracy, broken families, abuse and a simpleton Madame (who supports children criminals for the reason that they are children. phew) but all these are no excuse to spare the rod and let the problem of underage criminals fester. Take your head out of your butthole Madame and walk Metro Manila streets at night. Alone. Awon nato.”
The certain Madame who mentioned by Inday Sara in her open letter is probably Senator Risa Hontiveros, who recently released a statement against the proposal to lower to age of lawbreaking responsibility.
“There is no sense debating and choosing whether the MACR should be pegged at 12 or 9 years old. There is really no difference. Can a 12-year-old compare to a 9-year-old get married, get a driver’s license, participate in elections, buy alcohol and watch R-16/18 films? The obvious answer is no. Minors, whether 12 or 9 years old, are not equipped with the same intellectual and mental capacities as adults,” Hontiveros said.
“Namimili na ba tayo kung sinong mga bata ang aalagaan at alin ang isasakripisyo ng lipunan? The real question we should ask ourselves is if it is even proper for government to place the burden of blame for criminal acts on minors used by adult criminals and who cannot even be expected to take care of themselves,” she added.
Several days ago, the Congress approved the proposal to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 9.
However, after President Duterte and some Senators statement, the Congress changed it to 12.